According to Variety, Mendelsohn is in talks to star as the villain in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, an adaptation of the smash hit Ernest Cline novel. Mendelsohn would be playing Nolan Sorrento, who is described as a "high-ranking official of Innovative Online Industries" a company that wants to exploit the virtual reality service at the center of the plot. Olivia Cooke is set to star as Art3mis, the female lead, and Spielberg is still testing actors for the male lead. Nothing was confirmed by Warner Bros. But if this does come to fruition, I will be absolutely ecstatic. Mendelsohn is one of my favorite actors working today, and even in films that I don't like (Slow West, Exodus), he manages to be one of the bright spots. I don't have much familiarity with the Ready Player One novel, but everything I've heard about this film so far suggests that we're in for something special. Cutting-edge technology, great cast, nostalgia-driven story and the possibility of Gene Wilder coming out of retirement- all of these things are driving my excitement for Ready Player One to new levels. This is undoubtedly one of my most anticipated movies for the next few years and I'm hoping for a new Spielberg classic. Ready Player One will hit theaters on December 15, 2017.
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